Jay Brogden: Police convinced missing man was murdered 'after death threats'

| 06.03,19. 07:21 PM |




Jay Brogden: Police convinced missing man was murdered 'after death threats'


A billboard erected to advertise the reward offered for information into the suspected murder of Jay Brogden.


Fresh information has convinced police that north Queensland man Jay Brogden was murdered more than a decade ago.


Mr Brogden was last seen at Cannonvale in north Queensland in April 2007.


He had fought violently with his partner earlier that day and he had been receiving death threats because of his treatment of her.


A coroner in 2015 ruled he died as a result of foul play and referred the case to homicide detectives.


Detective Inspector Damien Hansen today said they were now confident Mr Brogden was murdered after new witnesses came forward in January with fresh information about the case.


"The new information that we were able to obtain this year leaves no doubt in my mind that it's a homicide," he said.


"I am convinced there are other people who are out in the community who have knowledge of this offence," Det Hansen said.


He said there were a number of persons of interest in the case, but would not detail their relationship to Mr Brogden.


Police have recently erected a billboard on the motorway at Cannonvale asking anyone with new information to come forward.


In her findings during the inquest into Mr Brogden's death, coroner Jane Bentley was critical of the delay in bringing the matter to her attention.


She said changes needed to be made to Queensland Police Service procedures to ensure missing persons are reported to the coroner the moment officers suspected they were dead.


She also recommended an audit of all files held by the Missing Persons Unit to ensure all disappearances occurring 12 months ago or more have been reported to the coroner.



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